The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants for offering everyone in the United States diverse opportunities for arts participation.
We award cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and partnership agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations.
Through our programs, we encourage activities that rebuild the creative economy and educate the next generation; unite and heal the nation through the arts; and serve the nation’s arts field. In addition, we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.
Whether you are a first-time or returning applicant, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. We understand that applying for federal funding and managing a grant can be a significant undertaking. Our staff strives to ensure that all applicants receive the support they need to understand every step of the process. Contact us with your questions.
GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS
Grants for Arts Projects grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.
* Deadline: February 9th and July 6th, 2023.
Support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust technical assistance structure, and grants for $10,000.
* Deadline: April 27th, 2023.
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts creative placemaking grants program. We support projects integrating arts, culture, and design activities through project-based funding into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes.
* New guidelines will become available in Spring 2023.
The National Endowment for the Arts provides two funding opportunities for research projects: Research Grants in the Arts funds research that investigates the value or impact of the arts, and NEA Research Labs funds transdisciplinary research teams grounded in the social and behavioral sciences.
* New guidelines will become available in Winter 2023.
CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers, enabling recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
* Deadline: March 8th, 2023.
Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for translating specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.
* Deadline: January 12th, 2023.